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Ref Type: Journal Article
Authors: Barron, Aleese
Datan, Ipoi
Bellwood, Peter
Wood, Rachel
Fuller, Dorian Q.
Denham. Tim
Title: Sherds as archaeobotanical assemblages: Gua Sireh reconsidered
Date: 2020
Source: Antiquity
Abstract: The earliest claim for domesticated rice in Island Southeast Asia (4960–3565 cal BP) derives from a single grain embedded in a ceramic sherd from Gua Sireh Cave, Borneo. In a first assessment of spikelet-base assemblages within pottery sherds using quantitative microCT analysis, the authors found no additional rice remains within this sherd to support the early date of rice farming; analysis of a more recent Gua Sireh sherd (1990–830 cal BP), however, indicates that 70 per cent of spikelet bases are from domesticated rice. This technique offers a high degree of contextual and temporal resolution for approaching organic-tempered ceramics as well-preserved archaeobotanical assemblages.
Date Available: Available online September 2020